PROJECT / 08
12 December, 2017
A Letter To Prime Minister, Shri. Narendra Modi
A dire need to legalise Cannabis and Hemp for medicinal use and large-scale industrial cultivation respectively to handle the many emergency needs of this nation.
I am writing this to you as my last hope, after futile attempts at reforming a very important need in the field of health care. I have tried relentlessly to speak with many state and central government bodies and expected them to allow us to bring this change in our country, where millions of people are affected by an injustice law.
As per the NDPS act of 1985, Cannabis was immediately placed under the Schedule-1 drugs, which are a class of substances that do not have any medicinal value. Schedule - 1 drugs can also be lethal or toxic to human life. I’ve tried searching for the last 9 years about why the government took such a sudden and an illogical move, without backing up their case either scientifically, medically or logically, that cannabis causes any kind of damage to human health. Years of searching and I still couldn’t find any. I also found out that the government has failed to even conduct a thorough research before banning the growth, use or trade of an indigenous medicinal plant.
Note: Cannabis is also known as Vijaya in Vedas & Bhaang in Ayurveda, which are two of the most important cultural documentation of living a healthy life and which also happens to be originated in our own motherland. Our Vedas called cannabis as a divine, spiritual plant of the highest order. Ayurveda discovered the healing properties of the cannabis plant to be very effective and used it for curing many ailments until 1985.
But in 1985, by suddenly listing this plant under the banned narcotic drugs, the government has only succeeded in removing a very indigenous medicinal/religious/spiritual plant while also failing to create a better healthcare system which can be affordable to everyone. It is important to know that there is no proper reasoning from the government regarding this prohibition. As per the NDPS act, It is very evident that the government has simply acceded to the requirements of the Single Convention of Narcotics held by the United Nations in the year 1961 and 1971 without conducting any kind of research on the cannabis plant, its history, uses or the effects of prohibition.
Cannabis is a very powerful painkiller and it also rejuvenates the human body and mind to its healthiest states when consumed in correct doses. Recent discoveries in the field of cannabis science show the medical community that the flowers of the cannabis plant, also known as Gaanja in India, has the ability to cure hundreds of diseases. It cures or controls even the deadliest diseases like Cancer, HIV, Autism, Epilepsy, Metabolic disorders, Muscular disorders, Neurological disorders, Skin wounds and allergies, Mental disorders, etc.
Isn’t prohibiting such an important plant which can eradicate most of these diseases a violation of our right to life? The quality of life is severely affected in patients suffering from the above-mentioned diseases and this plant already has a cure for these conditions. Yet our government is not making a strong effort in bringing this back into our system.
Note: As of today, countries like America, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Israel, Spain, Uruguay, Portugal, Germany, just to name a few have taken giant leaps into reforming their own laws against the prohibition of this super medicinal-herb. India can either legalise this plant and allow medical research to perfect the cures, which will protect and revive our traditional healing methods, which further adds to our medical tourism or allow the other countries to lead the scientific front which will become one of our greatest loss.
Apart from its medicinal, religious and spiritual uses, cannabis also has another variant which does not produce the Narcotic or the Psychotropic effect, but happens to produce one of the strongest fibers and the most nutritious food in the entire plant kingdom. This variant of cannabis species known as Hemp was also outlawed and added to the Schedule1 list of Narcotics; either to prevent the growth of the plant completely or because the then government were convinced that there would be no way for them to regulate and monitor the growth and differentiate between the medical strain and the industrial strain, in a country as big as ours. This decision of the government has led to an evolution of many toxic industries for the production of our basic needs. Because, Hemp is one of the first crops humans started agriculture with and we also used this plant to derive all of our basic needs like food, shelter, clothing and medicines. Today, we have become a collective population of over 1.3 billion people in india alone, who are all not allowed to be supplied their basic needs of life from a plant which doesn’t require any water to grow or chemicals to process.
It is not only the most useful plant but also a very generous one which grows free and wild while also protecting our ecology. The products that we are all allowed to use or limited to consume like wood, paper, cement, fuel, lithium batteries etc has extremely damaging effects on our environment, which ends up becoming a threat to all life on earth and also ourselves and our current health.
It goes without saying that removing such a useful plant which is nature’s gift to all of our needs and also that which does not cause any lethal harm to the person, in whatever quantities it might be consumed, has caused a violation to the fundamental rights of every citizen of this nation according to the Article 21 of our constitution.
Also, consuming cannabis / bhaang in whichever form is an individual’s choice if required and if he/she chooses to remain healthy, or allow the plant’s intoxicating effects to remove their stress in a natural and unharming method, then as per the Right to Life provided to each citizen of this country, they should be free to do so.
This prohibition of a medicinal plant violates the fundamental rights of the constitution and I request you to look into these matters immediately. It would have made sense if the government had foreseen the effects of removing a natural medicinal plant and its impact on human health or culture-of-living. A government body should have been set up to ensure that adequate supply was established and provided to suffering people through governments for medical needs. But, 32 years since prohibition, there is no such service available in the entire country.
We tried to do the same, which is, to grow-produce and distribute to Ayurvedic doctors of the AYUSH department of Karnataka. We got approvals and support from the Health Ministry, but the other departments who are involved in issuing license have failed to understand this sensitive issue and haven’t responded positively to our request in the time and manner that we had wished and over a year has passed with still no positive response from the finance department and the excise department of Karnataka. Hence, we are reaching out to you to seek your support in bringing back this new healthcare and a green industrial setup on a central level so that no medical institute or entrepreneuers would have to go through our same experience in the rest of the country.
India could allow the growth of Medicinal Cannabis or the Industrial HEMP which could be a boon to the country's farmers who can then become the prime supplier of source material for products like Cannabis Medicines, Hemp wood, Hemp paper, Hemp textiles, Hemp bio-cement, Hemp bio-fuel, Hemp bio-plastics etc which can in turn fuel the economy of over 60% of the nation’s population who are still dependant on Agriculture. Prohibition of a useful, easy-to-grow, low-investment crop affects the lives of all of our farmers. There are over 10,000 farmers who commit suicide every year in India and the numbers have only been increasing.
There are millions of patients who are suffering from all kinds of diseases that this plant can cure or control their suffering. Hence I’m writing this to you on behalf of all of these suffering patients, poor farmers, doctors who are willing to help their patients in a better way, Social-Entrepreneurs who are denied of the possibility of growing or researching or using this plant to create better eco-products.
I’m also writing this to you on behalf of our dying forests, poisoned waters, polluted air, contaminated soils, and millions of species whose life has become a threat because of our undying needs of consumption which is the main reason for damaging the entire planet and all of its valuable resources.
I believe it’s time that India should repeal all laws pertaining to prohibition of cannabis completely as it makes no sense to prohibit such a healing and a disease preventative plant. Any regulations that can be done through the State governments need to be advised by the Central government immediately along with a nationwide regulation model or a blueprint for Cannabis Legalisation, which we are more than happy to suggest. GLM - India’s model of legalisation is dedicated towards developing the nation from its foundations, having discussed it and taken suggestions from thousands of patients, farmers and entrepreneurs.
The Great Legalisation Movement, India is a non-profit organisation educating the benefits of the Cannabis Plant, to allow medical research and to also help initiate or setup the industrial hemp research center to recreate thousands of products in our society using the Hemp plant. The Great Legalisation Movement - India is not a one-man organisation, but a collective voice of the people who are in need of cannabis for all of its known uses.
I kindly request you to provide us your valuable time so that we can speak more about this injustice and bring the health and industrial reformation that our nation needs immediately.
Vaurora ( Founder )
The Great Legalisation Movement, India